Village Voice's Scores

For 8,414 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
8,414 movie reviews
  1. Repeatedly assuring us that its titular subject is really "a metaphor for life," Swing attempts unsuccessfully to liven up a tired scenario with a touch of Twilight Zone fantasy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nussbaum's attempt to capture the 'tween zeitgeist fails: The Spice Girls–infused soundtrack is dated, and the feel-good progressiveness forced.
  2. A stifling chamber piece laced with Repulsion-style foreboding and an undercurrent of kink.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The acting is deliberately bad, directed to an ostensibly dreamlike flatness; and it's also just plain bad.
  3. If you see it, the sequel will be your fault.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Devolves from opaque mystery into boring melodramatics and incoherent contrivances.
  4. Like the action movies of yore (you know, the 1980s), Catwoman is simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In its attempt to diagnose a problem, it ends up serving more as a symptom of the left's current, and sadly warranted, anxieties.
  5. Director Lee throws cold water on his own overheated fantasy scenario by having Mackie mope through every scene. What's fascinating is how She Hate Me perversely trumps its own perversity.
  6. As the dapper Lady Penelope, Sophia Myles tries to infuse the enterprise with some "Charlie's Angels" verve, but she's only one life vest, and the movie is a downed plane.
  7. The screwiest yarn yet from Shyamalan's metaphysical-Limburger career project, a non-horror horror film.
  8. A mondo product placement in search of a screenplay, the conscious "Working Girl" homage Little Black Book makes the mistake of banking on Brittany Murphy, a Melanie Griffith look-alike with none of Griffith's gawky charms.
  9. Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels.
  10. Open Water is simply a stunt--hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Scenes end abruptly, laughs are as rare as yetis, and the overarching question seems to be: Can we turn this into a franchise?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Moore created a movie; Greenwald gives us a cinematized blog.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Slowly devolves to the inept "warm bodies shine together in the darkness."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Long-winded, jokingly self-deprecating, and clich├ęd.
  11. Clearly a bottom-feeder.
  12. None of the principals is remotely likable--although Kingsley does appear to enjoy swanning around the great Southwest like a low-rent Anthony Hopkins.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Devoid of Sopranos stereotypes, the film charms with its p.c. portrayal of Italian Americans, yet the depiction of Mexicans veers toward the offensive.
  13. Kampmeier's muddled, miserable first feature about maculate conception will make you look back fondly on 1985, the year Godard's "Hail Mary" and Norman Jewison's "Agnes of God" came out.
  14. Eventually, the pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of "Family Matters."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A Letter to True could provide a corrective reminder that bad taste emerges in high-class forms as often as low. The film's failures cannot be faulted to inexperience.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Litvack offers a cameo by Vanessa Redgrave as proof that there's a prestige picture within all this frivolous melodrama. Non, merci.
  15. The film outs itself as a shallow indie "Rambo."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Stilted lines alternate with ominous pauses and an annoying Pure Moods score tinkling around an oppressive sound design.
  16. The God-squad answer to Todd Graff's "Camp."
  17. Throughout this Americanization of the Luc Besson–scripted French hit, Latifah itches to check her watch, Fallon appears mortified, and only Ann-Margret mainlines any comic adrenalin.
  18. Veers deep into male-weepie territory.

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